Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

A $1.7 Billion Program That Doesn't Work

Less than half of students enrolled in the most expensive job training program within the Labor Department complete their training and find a job...

What Do U.S. Companies Pay in Foreign Taxes?

According to the most recent IRS data, U.S. companies paid $128 billion in taxes to foreign governments on $470 billion in foreign taxable income in 2010 -- a record high over the previous 18 years...

Avoiding the "Transportation Cliff"

Transit carries only 1 percent as much travel as highways. However, 20 percent of federal gas taxes go towards transit...

Improper Payments in the EITC Program

The Earned Income Tax Credit had an improper payment rate of 22 to 26 percent in 2013, costing taxpayers $13.3 to $15.6 billion...

How to Increase Investment

Allowing full expensing for all investments would increase capital stock by 16 percent and raise GDP by more than 5 percent...

Only One Job Lost in Sequester

Despite claims from government officials and commentators that the sequester would wreak havoc on the American economy, the cuts resulted in the loss of just one federal job...

Who Will Pay for Highway Funding?

A total of 1,001,874 miles of roads in the United States receive federal funding. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the highway trust fund is on track to drop to $2 billion by September 30, and its mass-transit account will drop to just $1 billion...

Map of State Tax Collections

New York collected $2,289 per person in individual state and local income tax collections in 2011...

States Pass "Amazon Taxes"

Rather than boost brick-and-mortar sales, Amazon sales tax collections have pushed shoppers to purchase from other online retailers that are not subject to the tax collection requirements...

State Unemployment Trust Funds in Trouble

Prior to the recession, the states together had less than $40 billion in their unemployment trust funds, the lowest level since World War II; in the early 2000s, the state funds had more than $50 billion...


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